The seized animals and products included ivory, rhinocer

The seized animals and products included ivory, rhinocer

ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said.

A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said.

He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months.

Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou

rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said.

The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther

n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according to the report, publ

ished earlier this year by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO.

A campaign to root out environmental violations at water intake sites is expect

ed to improve things, but environmental authorities should be aware that local governments may choose to aba

ndon their water intake sources to avoid rectifying problems, said Ma Jun, director of the institute.

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Intl professionals’ exchange conference wraps up in Shen

Intl professionals’ exchange conference wraps up in Shen

More than 3,000 cooperation intentions were reached between Chinese government dep

artments and professional organizations, training agencies and overseas talent at the 17th Conf

erence on International Exchange of Professionals, which wrapped up in Shenzhen on Monday.

Over 1,500 enterprises, including well-known companies like Tencent, Huawei, Pin

gan, Vanke and BYD, presented talent with nearly 40,000 job opportunities at the conference.

The employers received more than 180,000 res

umes from job-seekers. More than 30,000 people reached preliminary agreements on employment.

As a platform on which international professionals and talent gather to exchange

ideas and explore development opportunities, the conference also features international cooperation.

Several high-level entrepreneurial programs, including [email protected] China, and the Ch

ina (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition, were held during the event.

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Always referring to himself as the “gatekeeper” of the Pa

Always referring to himself as the “gatekeeper” of the Pa

Palace Museum, Shan joked about applying for a volunteer position after retirement.

His successor Wang Xudong was formerly the director of the Dunhuang Academy. He has b

een dedicated to the preservation of Dunhuang murals since 1991 and became the director of the institution in 2014.

China saw 112 million domestic tourist trips during the three-day tomb-sweeping holiday, up 10.

9 percent from last year’s holiday, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The tourism revenue reached 47.9 billion yuan (about $7.1 billion) during the holiday which lasts from Fri

day to Sunday, up 13.7 percent, according to the ministry.

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor started a t

hree-day trip to Japan on Sunday to attend a symposium for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The symposium, jointly held by Guangdong, Hong Kong and

Macao, will be on Tuesday in Tokyo, site of one of the world’s best-known and largest bay areas.

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Liu made the remarks during his meeting with US Presi

Liu made the remarks during his meeting with US Presi

dent Donald Trump at the White House Oval Office.

The vice premier, who is heading the Chinese trade negotiation te

am, conveyed greetings and a message from President Xi Jinping to President Trump.

In the message, Xi said that new substantial progress has been made on the text of the China-US economic and trade agreement in the past month or so.

Xi encouraged the two sides to maintain the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and resolve issues of mutual

concern so as to conclude the negotiations on the agreement text as soon as possible.

Xi also said that a healthy and stable development of China-US relations needs, in partic

ular, their strategic leadership, and that he is ready to keep close contact with Trump through various means.

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Since 2015, more than 100 foreign experts and students

Since 2015, more than 100 foreign experts and students

 from countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf

an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.

Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nation

al center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and

workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been culti

vated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.

“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s ce

nters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at th

e Research Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.

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he family of five had moved to Christchurch last July afte

he family of five had moved to Christchurch last July afte

fleeing fighting in Syria and spending years in a refugee camp in Jordan. They secured their v

isa for New Zealand under the country’s refugee program, said Ali Akil from Syrian Solidarity New Zealand.

Their new life lasted eight months.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern referred to the Mustafas during a

news briefing Wednesday, on her second visit to the city since Friday’s attack.

In the hours after the attack, Ardern said she’d been briefed on the victims and that a family of Syrian refugees, “should have been safe here.”

First burials

Khaled and Hamza Mustafa were the first of the 50 victims to be buried, five days after the massacre.

Some families have grown increasingly impatient about the length

of time authorities are taking to complete the autopsies and release bodies.

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Still no talks over trade dispute between China, US: MOC

Still no talks over trade dispute between China, US: MOC

BEIJING – There have not been any bilateral talks over trade frictions betwe

en China and the United States, China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.

The United States submitted a file to the World Trade Organizat

ion on April 17 claiming that they are willing to negotiate over the trade dispute with China.

The US move follows WTO procedures, which order members to respond to a reques

t for settlement from another member within ten days, said MOC spokesperson Gao Feng.

Gao reiterated that US Section 232 and Section 301 measures to slap tariffs on Chinese products seriously violate WTO rules.

Gao said the two sides have not yet held any bilateral tal

ks over the US Section 301 investigation and the proposed US tariff list on Chinese goods.

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The ministry has promised to track the illegal disposal of w

The ministry has promised to track the illegal disposal of w

  But what about the trash that has already been dumped in South Korea — such as the smoldering heap in Uiseong?

  The government has said it will relax regulations on incineration to allow for disposal, but that move has not thrilled environmental groups.

  Kim Mi-kyung, of Greenpeace Korea, says incineration “creates various environmental and health problems like greenhouse gases and toxic substances.”

  ”If we expand the (use of) incinerators, the plastic use will expand with it, because it w

ill be easy to just burn them,” she says, adding that the problem needs to be tackled at the production level.

  South Korea is one of the world’s biggest plastic consumers.

  In 2015, it consumed almost 300 pounds (132 kilograms) of plastic

per capita, surpassing both the US and China at 205 and 128 pounds (93 and 58 kg), resp

ectively, according to Euromap,an association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers.

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He said Bayer will remain committed to bring innovative

He said Bayer will remain committed to bring innovative

 products, optimize integrated solutions for various crops, and provide

training to farmers to help them master the most suitable methods and get better returns.

“One of our future priorities will be to help growers better understa

nd the data from their own fields and use the insights in their farm management,” Huang said.

Speaking of the sustainable development of agriculture, Madrazo re

viewed the profound transformation that agriculture has experienced in the past 20 years.

“Farmers today are more aware that they need to do agronomic practices that are more precise, conserve natural resources and pro

duce more food in the same piece of land. The more we are able to produce food in the same piece of land, the more we

are saving trees and the more we are preserving bio-diversity, the environment has a better chance to thrive.”

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More than 60 percent of the world population – about

More than 60 percent of the world population – about

 billion people – will get access to mobile internet by 2025. By that time, mobile subscribers will reach to 6 billion, of which

some 700 million will be new subscribers and half of them – 359 million- will come from Asia-Pacific.

China, which will contribute 8 percent to global new additions, takes the second pl

ace among seven countries in the world which account for half of new subscribers.

Mobile is a key driver for digital content consumption which is represe

nted by video, the report said. A growing number of people take longer time and are more fre

quent to watch video on their devices. In 2018, China showed the highest proportion – about 80 percent – of sm

artphone users watching free online video at least once a month, an increase of 10 percent year-on-year.
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ould have a major impact on the world economy, since it may potentially contribute $16 trillion – which equivalent to

an increase of 14 percent – to global GDP by 2030, and this could be as much as 26 percent in China, the report said.

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